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Are There Transfer Scholarships for Community College Students?

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Often, students who attend community college decide they want to continue their education at a four year college or university after they’ve received their Associate degree. While you can still apply for FAFSA and may be eligible for some grants, you may be wondering if there are scholarships available to you. The short answer is: …

What’s The Difference Between Preapproved And Prequalified For Student Loans?

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‘Preapproved’ and ‘prequalified’ are sometimes used interchangeably when discussing student loans. That’s not right however. The only similarity between the two is that they are both parts of the student loan process. Other than that, both of these terms are completely different. What Is Prequalification? Prequalification is basically an estimate of how much you may …

Are You Guaranteed a Scholarship From the College You Attend?

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Did you know that many scholarships come from the colleges themselves? They’re known as institutional scholarships. While many students rely on institutional scholarships to help pay for college, you are never guaranteed a scholarship from a college you attend. Although you may be granted one, it is never set in stone. However, there are ways …

Can You Use Scholarships to Pay off Student Loans?

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When you’re trying to pay off your student loans, it’s a good idea to explore all your options. Some students wonder if they can pay off their loans with scholarships. If you received a scholarship your junior year, for example, can you use it to pay off a student loan from your freshman year? The …

What You Need to Know about Non-Traditional Scholarships

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Are you heading back to school after your original education was interrupted? Or are you considering studying abroad? Some students fit the mold of “non-traditional.” Finding scholarships and grants may prove difficult for these types of students, but it’s not impossible. Here are some tips, tricks, and information you need to know if you are …

Myth: I Can Fully Pay for College With a Few Scholarships

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Many parents and students believe the myth that a student can fully pay for college tuition with just a few scholarships. Sadly, this is not the case. While scholarships can definitely be helpful and can go a long way towards paying tuition, it is extremely rare for it to cover the entire cost. Join us …

What is the Student Aid Index?

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The Student Aid Index is the number a college will use to determine how much financial aid you’re eligible for. It used to be known as the “Expected Family Contribution” or the EFC, but it recently underwent a name change. Here’s a rundown of why the change happened and how the Student Aid Index, or …

Q&A Interview With Scholarship Winner John McGowan! 

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John McGowan is the winner of the $2,500 College Raptor scholarship! Congratulations are in order. Recently I had the chance to chat with John about his college search journey and what challenges he faced along the way. Check out this interview with a scholarship winner! Tell us about yourself! My name is John McGowan. I …

Q&A Interview With Scholarship Winner Tai Nguyen!

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Tai Nguyen deserves a round of applause for winning the $1,000 College Raptor scholarship! His winning essay included details about his college journey and we just had to know more. Here is our Q&A interview with scholarship winner Tai Nguyen! Tell us about yourself! Hey! I’m Tai Nguyen and currently a senior at Mountain View …